Category: Nature｜Taiken Japan
This section includes everything nature-related: mountains, forests, hot springs, seas and lakes, flowers… Japan’s nature is rich and varied.
Soft meowing played over a loudspeaker outside the cafe. For me, a feline fan, the lure was irresistible!
August 5, 2017
The annual Hokuto City Akeno Sunflower Festival in Yamanashi boasts a stunning view of 600,000 sunflowers, which bloom in an area that has the longest period of daylight in Japan.
August 3, 2017
Fukushimagata Lagoon is a freshwater lake located in Niigata prefecture, an important wetlands ecosystem that is home to the rare Gorgon Plant and is also an important stopover for migratory birds.
July 28, 2017
Depending on where you begin, a cedar-lined 1.7 km path (2,446 steps to be precise) leads either to the main shrine (三神合祭殿) at the summit, or to Gojunoto, a five-story pagoda that is registered as a national treasure.
July 26, 2017
Mount Fuji is one of the most popular mountain climbs in the world. And yet very few people climb it from the start. What is on neglected first half of the track and why don't people walk it anymore?
July 26, 2017
A long row of monks and a hidden gorge in central Nikko that’s well worth a visit.
July 22, 2017
Tsurugidake is within Tateyama National Park. It rises 2999m above valley floors, ocean waters, and distant volcanoes and peaks. The mountain itself takes on a domineering presence.
July 22, 2017
The river is the historic Ara River, known by its Japanese name, Arakawa, and is the source of the water you drank half an hour ago. It flows north down from the Chichibu mountains, then curves east out onto the Kanto Plain until it bends south at around Kumagaya City.
July 20, 2017
Located in the mountains north of downtown Kyoto, Kifune Shrine is considered a power spot with a Shinto deity that grants wishes for love and matchmaking. The area is also famous for river dining called kawadoko, and nagashi somen.
July 15, 2017
On a pleasant Sunday in June, I participated in a unique one-day rice planting experience with my son. Even for Japanese, the average person rarely gets to plant rice themselves, so I’d like to share my experience.
July 8, 2017
And nowhere, perhaps, are the origins of the country more numerous and varied than along the road known as the Yamanobe-no-michi.
July 1, 2017
While there is plenty of nature to discover in the Kawaguchiko area, I'd like to introduce you to the Kawaguchi-ko Herb Festival, held here annually in June and July, during which you can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, all while surrounded by blooming lavender and other herb flowers.
June 21, 2017